Choices…. until quarantine, our choices ran limitless when it came to exercise or nutrition. We have always had a choice of where to go exercise, what to eat for a snack, how to get our heart rate up, and who to bring along for the fun. Our society is very social. Think about it… Most major celebrations from holidays to weddings have some type of food component as part of the celebration. But, with the year 2020 and the emergence of the Covid-19, our “normal” choices have come to a screeching halt. Now, making wrong choices, which include eating from stress or boredom or simply choosing to do nothing, have become the norm.
The current problem is the wide variety of choices in our homes, actually sabotaging our efforts to eat healthy. In all fairness, the reality of having all members of the family home means more variety is needed to meet everyone’s preferences. EUFIC (The European Food Information Council) lists 6 different determinants that help direct our food choices. Four out of the six have been heightened during our quarantine mandates. Economic determinants or the influence of our pocketbooks on our food choices has been felt deeply, forcing many to choose foods of lower quality. As a result, stores are stocking less expensive choices, making high quality healthy foods sometimes harder to be found. Out of fear, many buy packaged foods with greater shelf-life, cheaper but also less healthy. The physical determinants of food choice include access to food and time to cook. No longer do we have to take a lunch break to eat, the cabinets are always there. In addition, time is not a limitation. Though one would think that these would cancel one another out, the Evidation Health Covid 19 Pulse Study reports physical activity is down, and snacking is up. Psychologically and of no surprise, this study reports both stress and anxiety up, negatively influencing our ability to make wise choices.
What do we do? How do we maintain hope in the midst of this great challenge? How do we keep from making those poor decisions? Here are some tips to do just that. Try one, try all. The important step is to try…
Try one thing and keep at it. Too often we try too many things, increasing our chances of completing none.